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The "cousin" of Sega's RPG Phantasy Star II, Sword of Vermilion is a role-playing game with action combat in a medieval-fantasy setting.

A third-person, top-down perspective is used to move around towns. A first-person view is used for overland travel outside of towns. A third-person side view perspective (a la Double Dragon or Final Fight) is used for the combat sequences.

The player is cast in the role of an ordinary young man who discovers that he is really a prince, and the son of the deceased good King Erik. He is charged with traveling around the land of Excalabria to collect the eight magic Rings of Good, defeating a number of boss enemies on the way to confronting the evil King Tsarkon.


Sword of Vermilion Genesis Cemetery
Sword of Vermilion Windows Ruins
Sword of Vermilion Windows Title screen
Sword of Vermilion Genesis Church

Promo Images

Sword of Vermilion Screenshot
Sword of Vermilion Screenshot
Sword of Vermilion Screenshot
Sword of Vermilion Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Vermilion" -- Japanese title
  • "ヴァーミリオン" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

"There Can Be Only One!" Genesis MasterMegid (902)

Critic Reviews

Raze Genesis Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Feb, 1991 8.8 out of 12 73
Play Time Genesis May, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jan, 1991 28 out of 40 70 Wii Mar 12, 2007 3 out of 5 60
1UP! Genesis Feb 19, 2014 57 out of 100 57
Legendra Genesis 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50 Genesis Jul 24, 2004 5 out of 10 50 (UK) Wii Jun 15, 2007 4 out of 10 40


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